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Obsessed with the mustache, bearded ladies and men’s style, James Dignan has carved a place in the fashion world for his sardonic illustrations.
A world class player in the fashion illustration field, James Dignan has come far from his humble beginnings in Auckland, New Zealand. A favorite amongst leading international brands Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Absolut Vodka, his narrative and biting humor brings a strong sense of irony and a fashionable flare to his subjects.
After studying Art History at the Auckland University in New Zealand, James moved to Australia to study fashion design at the East Sydney Technical College. During this time James furthered his interests in fashion working as a designer and stylist.
Later, James moved to Paris to study fashion design and illustration at the Studio Bercot where he assisted the French Art Director, Marc Ascoli. During this period James worked on various fashion shows, editorial styling projects and catalogues. His clients included Yohji Yamamoto and Jil Sandler, as well as Chloe and Martine Sitbon, where he first produced his first professional illustrations.
James’ fashion and editorial has been included in many of the worlds leading publications including, Vogue (Australia, Nippon, Pelle), Elle, Self, Glamour, InStyle, Madame Figaro and Marie Claire. James has also participated in a wide variety of advertising campaigns and promotional projects including, Primtemps, Neiman Marcus, Air France, Absolut Vodka, Colgate, Hugo Boss and Elizabeth Arden.
James lives and works as a freelance Illustrator and creative director in Sydney, Australia.
The New Yorker
New York Times
Style Monte Carlo
The Los Angeles Times
The Wall Street Journal
New York City Opera
Les 3 Suisses
Vanity Fair Italia